From the Maitland Mercury report:
He started out as a fresh-faced young politician in Maitland more than three decades ago and in 1986, at age 41, became the city’s youngest elected mayor.
Today, 36 years on, Peter Terence Blackmore has reached the pinnacle of his public life when he received one of the country’s highest honours, an Order of Australia Medal.
Maitland’s longest-serving mayor of 21 years and believed to be the state’s longest serving mayor, Cr Blackmore said he was both honoured and humbled on hearing the news.
Also a former state member for Maitland, Cr Blackmore received his award for service to local government and to the community of Maitland.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Jan. 26, 2016.